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February 8, 2016

Meet the new Sagebrush insurgents, a well-connected and well-armed network of malcontents bent on delegitimizing the federal government. Plus, how a landmark water agreement fell apart, and the legal case for climate action.

Feature

Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
How rural ‘constitutional’ peace officers are joining the war against the feds.
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Graphic: The hidden connections of the Sagebrush Insurgency
Where a sprawling network of actors find common cause.
The BLM’s arms race on the range
The BLM’s arms race on the range
The agency has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned without local backup.

Current

In Washington, activists and the ‘necessity defense’ on trial
In Washington, activists and the ‘necessity defense’ on trial
The 'Delta 5' made a legal and moral case for their actions, with mixed results.
Obama moves on coal and readers respond to Sagebrush coverage.
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Could the breakdown of the landmark water agreement imperil other collaborative deals?
How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
How a huge Arizona mining deal was passed — and could be revoked
Pushed through Congress, the Resolution Copper deal could damage sacred Apache sites.
Latest: Ranching family whose battles with the feds preceded the Bundys' loses in court
Latest: Ranching family whose battles with the feds preceded the Bundys' loses in court
So ends the legal saga of Wayne Hage and Wayne Hage Jr., who argued that their historical water rights gave them grazing rights, as well.

Editor's Note

Essays

Cursing the mountain
Cursing the mountain
An adventurer asks whether his failures in the alpine zone are caused by blasphemy.

Book Reviews

Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
Past and present in a New Mexico town famous for its pies
A review of "Pie Town Revisited" by Arthur Drooker.
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
In ‘Gold Fame Citrus,’ the nascent genre of cli-fi looks to California
A new climate change novel predicts a dystopian West of sand and refugees.

Writers on the Range

Heard Around the West

The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
The exotic dancing boom in North Dakota goes bust
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region

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